Asphalt 8 Vs Real Racing 3

Two of the most pop racing games on Android are most to go head to head. Which handles the smoothest? Which has the all-time engine? Which has the sparkliest paint job? Okay enough of the metaphors, I’thou going for a test drive with these Android racing games on our Google Nexus vii (2013). Allow’s have a look…



EA Mobile take a ton or popular Android games under their belt, such as Plants vs Zombies and The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Real Racing iii is one of the most downloaded racing games on Android, featuring astounding graphics, officially licensed tracks and tons of cars, it offers a true-to-life racing feel.

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Real Racing 3 is serious business. / © ANDROIDPIT

Gameloft are another huge Android developer, producing titles like the Existent Football game series and the recently released Modern Combat 5. Asphalt 8: Airborne is the latest addition to their widely popular Asphalt series, focusing more on exotic locations and crazy stunts than the grounded realism of Existent Racing.

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The Cobblestone 8: Airborne title screen hints at the over-the-peak action you tin can await from it. / © ANDROIDPIT


Real Racing 3

In Real Racing 3 you lot begin your journey with only one car and no status, and must win competitions to meliorate both. There are a variety of real-life races to take part in, all but one are locked when yous first begin the game, and so you are steadily introduced to bigger races and steeper competition equally you progress.

In that location is certainly a lot of content here, each race has a variety of challenges. You lot earn money and fame past completing each race, and the money awarded allows you to unlock more cars or upgrade your existing ones. Your car needs to be serviced or upgraded from time to time and y’all must either spend the money awarded from your winnings or from in-app purchases. One means you will take to expect for a few minutes for the repairs to take identify and the other is instant. (You can gauge which payment method is instant.)

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In one case you have unlocked a race, your automobile notwithstanding needs to come across a sure “PR standard” to qualify, pregnant spending more coin or points to upgrade it. / © ANDROIDPIT

Real Racing is a really comprehensive package, information technology has leaderboard integration so you can see how your friends are doing and endeavour to beat their high scores, and some smashing race events like an elimination way where every twenty seconds the person in final identify is eliminated, which adds another layer of excitement to the proceedings.

Just some annoying things get in the style. It’south great that Real Racing can offer real cars and locations, but the price structure is crazy. You are oftentimes prompted to spend real life cash to gear up up your machine, and while this may only be the land of costless to play games, it’s incredibly cynical that y’all are most forced to spend real money to progress. It’south an unneccessary limit that only detracts from the overall experience. Also, I was often prompted to download albeit small updates when I wanted to play certain levels or challenges.

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Real Racing 3 does well to remain stable with and then many on-screen vehicles. / © ANDROIDPIT

Asphalt 8

Asphalt 8 throws realism out the window. If you’re familiar with something like the “Exhaustion” series, yous should be right at abode with Asphalt viii. Information technology relies on globe-trotting, using turbo boosts, and making jumps to stay ahead of the contest. It is frantic and ofttimes exhilarating.

By the 8th iteration of the game you would promise Gameloft know how to make the racing mechanics work, and truthfully the actual racing is fantastic. You get a existent sense of speed and drama, crashes feel realistic, the tilt controls piece of work nicely, and blasting through London city streets or the Nevada desert is beautiful. Crashing your automobile at high speed causes a “wreck”, which happens often. Fortunately, the penalty just takes you of the race for a second or ii.

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Asphalt 8 offers you a number of ways to customize your ride. / © ANDROIDPIT

Like Real Racing, you lot can buy in game currency or earn it through winning races, but it doesn’t pose quite as significant a threat to your wallet every bit EA’due south offering does. For starters, your vehicles won’t cost you money to be maintained. Yous are reminded of what yous can buy earlier every race all the same.

Cobblestone viii features quite a brutal online feel which worked super-quick, in no time at all I was upwardly and running with other players. It too has some other interesting modes which focus less on simply racing to the end line, like Knockdown, where y’all must create more crashes than your competition.

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The movement mistiness and particle effects of Asphalt 8 really add to the feel. / © ANDROIDPIT


Existent Racing 3

EA have washed a good job of making the controls feel responsive plenty for the tight turns and precise handling necessary to beat your opponents. The brakes and dispatch are already taken intendance of for you, so all y’all do is rotate the device in your hand. The races are decided by how well you can master the turns, the controls are earth-shaking, but thankfully EA have delivered in this department. Gesture controls aren’t actually my matter, merely neither are touch-screens, and while the screen never feels like I have consummate control, I was impressed that virtually of the time it did what it should.

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Existent Racing iii’southward gesture controls are responsive and intuitive. / © ANDROIDPIT

Cobblestone 8

Asphalt 8 handles in a similar fashion to Existent Racing 3 but adds on screen controls for another layer of depth, and difficulty, which I found it difficult to manage on the Nexus 7. It’s simple enough in principle, you rotate the device similar a steering wheel to turn right and left, just tapping the left side of the screen manages your braek/drift, and tapping the right side uses your “boost”. Peradventure this volition piece of work improve on smaller devices, but I often worried I would driblet my tablet when trying to avoid on-screen danger.

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Asphalt eight: Airborne certainly lives upwardly to its name… / © ANDROIDPIT


Real Racing three

Overall, Real Racing 3 has cracking presentation and graphics, even if there is a frame rate drop at the start of races or when all the cars are together on-screen. At that place are a ton of dissimilar stages, including some nice metropolis levels, and the car models look really sharp. Realistic physics also ensure harm appears on your car in existent-time, with bumpers hanging off and trunks caving in when they become damaged.

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Existent Racing 3’south graphics engine makes it look fantastic on devices that tin handle it. / © ANDROIDPIT

Asphalt 8

Asphalt 8: Airborne houses some of the best graphics I’ve ever seen on a game from the Play Store. Brilliant particle furnishings, destructable environments and droppings, and on-screen facets like lens glare all add to the already bully art style. The locations, while fewer than in Real Racing 3, are completely different from each other, and there are a number of cool things going on in the background to distract you lot, from hot air balloons and planes flying past, to behemothic robots but hanging out. It’s actually impressive.

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At night Cobblestone viii looks particularly impressive. / © ANDROIDPIT


It goes without saying that both of these games can become money guzzlers if you allow them, so in the end it depends on whether you favor a realistic driving sim or an arcadey romp. For me, Asphalt 8 has more interesting and exciting minute-to-minute racing. It’s difficult to create a realistic feel on an Android device, and so Real Racer 3 is already fighting a losing battle. Cobblestone 8 also makes success without spending money a piffling more doable, and has a improve soundtrack as well. So I retrieve Asphalt 8: Airborne has pipped Real Racing 3 to the postal service.

Have y’all played either of these Android racing games all the same?